All faiths braai to dis­cuss and di­gest re­li­gious dif­fer­ences

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BREAK­ING bread to bridge dif­fer­ences in faith and cul­ture has be­come a hall­mark of the Open Mosque and to­mor­row it will host its bi-an­nual in­ter­faith braai.

Open Mosque pres­i­dent Dr Taj Hargey said the braai, which will be held at the mosque in Clare­mont, is “de­signed to bring peo­ple of all faiths to­gether in an age where there is in­creas­ing po­lar­i­sa­tion between the re­li­gions”.

Hargey has in­vited peo­ple from all back­grounds and be­liefs to take part in “true re­li­gious sol­i­dar­ity and ex­tol the deep com­mon­al­ity that binds and con­nects all of us”.

“This bi- an­nual func­tion recog­nises the ex­clu­sive sovereignty of the cre­ator by en­cour­ag­ing the ad­her­ents of all dif­fer­ent spir­i­tual path­ways to break bread to­gether and get to know each other in an at­mos­phere of mu­tual re­spect and peace­ful co­ex­is­tence.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from dif­fer­ent re­li­gions will give speeches and call “for greater in­ter­faith har­mony and com­mu­nal in­ter­ac­tion”, Hargey said.

Rabbi Greg Alexan­der from Tem­ple Is­rael said: “The only way to truly un­der­stand con­flict is to lis­ten to those who have dif­fer­ent views than your own. We will never learn any­thing by hear­ing peo­ple who think like us.

“In­ter­faith di­a­logue gives us a chance to hear how other re­li­gions think and prac­tise.

“The in­ter­faith braai is a chance for my con­gre­gants to meet Chris­tians and Mus­lims in a re­laxed, in­for­mal set­ting and to build friend­ships.”

Derek Hanslo, a lay min­is­ter at Christ the King Church in Clare­mont. said: “I think it is a good thing for peo­ple of dif­fer­ent faiths to get to­gether and find com­mon­al­ity, es­pe­cially in the con­ducive set­ting of a braai..

“It is all so re­laxed and in­for­mal. I find so­cial­is­ing at that level does help to build bridges.

“I have been to other faiths’ ser­vices – in the mosque, a syn­a­gogue, a Ba­hai Tem­ple and a Hindu Tem­ple.”

The braaimas­ters get the job done at a pre­vi­ous Open Mosque in­ter­faith braai.

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